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The last shot of the War Between the States was fired by the C.S.S Shenandoah in the Bering Strait between Siberia and the Russian colony of Alaska When the officers searched the last ship, they discovered newspapers indicating that the war was going so badly that it may have ended They didn t know They hadn t landed in months Avoiding U.S naval ships, they cruised several thousand miles to get news from ships leaving San Fransisco Off the coast of Mexico, in August 1865, they found out that the [...]
So if you think the causes, events, and consequences of the American Civil War can be summed up in a few words, you might do some reading to dispel that notion before reading this book Or maybe this book might help show you it s not so simple It surprised me to read this detailed account and to learn just when and where the last shots of the Civil War were fired.It s a fascinating read You almost feel like you are in the head and heart of First Lieutenant Conway Whittle the Shenandoah s executiv [...]
Based primarily on the journal kept by the Executive Officer, Conway Whittle, it documents the Shenandoah s 58,000 mile journey from England to the Bering Sea and back During the journey the ship captured 40 Federal merchant and whaling ships, burning most of them What makes the story all the interesting is that most of the ships were taken after the war ended The crew was unaware of the war s end until August of 1865, several months too late Once they found out the war had ended they sailed to [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this book What an adventure and a remarkable voyage The book is told from the point of view of the ship s Executive Officer, and is liberally sprinkled with quotes from his log We just can t appreciate, in the 21st century, the risks and hardships of life on the sea in the 1860 s The loneliness must have been nearly unbearable Highly recommended.
Lots of deep detail concerning a mostly unknown detail concerning the American civil war Well paced for a book of its type and not weighted down by too much detail, nice ballance.
This was an interesting read I have always loathed all things Confederate, but I learned a lot about the Southern men from the Civil War time period, and I can appreciate some of what contributed to their conundrum Conway is a likeable person It was also fascinating to read about warships something I didn t know existed in the sense that the Shenandoah was I learned a lot about navigation and what the men went through navigators went blind, because they had to stare at the sun long hours at a ti [...]
A must read for anyone who understands that US history isn t this Mickey Mouse told bull that you get in elementary through high school.
But what diplomacy And what intelligence Holding the fabric of British neutrality together virtually with their bare hands, tough, resourceful, and utterly inexhaustible as they were different form each other They arrived separately in Great Britain in 1861, each appointed by Abraham Lincoln 5 Prince Albert and the Confederacy CSS Nashville Thus CSS Shenandoah, even as she basked triumphantly in the cheering hospitality of Australia, a respected emissary of a noble land, was now unknowlingly and [...]
I m a bit conflicted on the rating for this oneybe a 3.5 It is a very interesting story about a facet of Civil War history I was unfamiliar with and I did enjoy it But I kept feeling like something was missing and I believe it was simply context The story is told from the perspective of the ship s executive officer W.C Whittle and is built primarily on his rather extensive journal entries While this does provide a fascinating insight into a rather remarkable young man in what were certainly rema [...]
I saw this on the discount books shelf at a big discount store, actually, which I was browsing while Laini was looking at clothes I restrained myself from buying a copy, knowing I would likely only read it once, but I was interested in reading about the exploits of the CSS Shanendoah ever since I read the chapter about the Confederate campaign against Yankee whaling ships in the Pacific in the non fiction history titled Leviathan.Anyway, I decided to stop by Peoria Public Library to pick up the [...]
By 1864, the tide of the Civil War was turning in favor of the Union and the Confederacy, in an effort to break the blockade of southern ports and to attack Union merchant ships, commissioned some state of the art ships in England and set them loose on the high seas This book is the story of the Shenandoah, which sailed around the world, captured and destroyed dozens of Union merchant and whaling ships, and took over 1,000 prisoners Unfortunately, the captain and crew discovered in August 1965 t [...]
This book recounts the exploits of the last confederate warship The ship was purchased in a British shipping yard a year before the surrender of the Confederate States We follow the adventures of the ship and crew, as recorded in the diary of 24 year old executive officer Conway Whittle, as it travels the world sinking Yankee ships and impressing sailors from all nations into its unhappy crew Conway Whittle, de facto leader of the ship and its mission, has to contend with than waves and storms [...]
Again with the descriptions of battles I just can t.And I resisted this book a lot I m not a big fan of Civil War history I live in the South and so I hear a lot about the War of Northern Aggression which is ridiculous But here s why I liked this book it addressed the concept of the Confederate States of America as the myth it truly was a state which barely existed, never really had defensible, defiant borders The thing about myths, though, is that sometimes people believe in them This book gave [...]
This was a pretty good book that petered out in the last 100 pages It s about Civil War naval history something I didn t know much about beyond the Monitor and the Merrimac Turns out the South tried a last ditch effort to cripple the North s economy by sinking whaling ships in the North Pacific that s right, thePacific The book is mostly derived from the ship s Executive Officer, a 24 year old named Conroy Whittle It s a good read, but gets repetitive when the CSS Shenandoah is on a ship sinking [...]
I read this book right after reading Manhunt Two civil war era books in a row gave me some much needed perspective on that time Last Flag Down was a great read for me It s the retelling of the story of the last Confederate warship The fascinating bit is that it set sail from England, and continued to make war on merchant ships well after the Civil War ended The story of the ship, which became the second most successful war ship in history, was great, and the telling of the battle between the cap [...]
First of all, I can t believe I ve never heard about this episode in the American Civil War It is incredible.Unfortunately, I don t think Baldwin did the tale justice, despite or maybe because of working from original sources We really didn t need quite ALL those quotes reiterating Conway Whittle s oft repeated prayers and his thoughts of Patty Perhaps the man s journal was really only full of prayers and Patty, but in that case I think the book probably would have benefited from fleshing out th [...]
Excellent naval history This is the story of the First Lieutenant on a Confederate Warship Her mission was to journey to the Arctic Circle and destroy as much of the New England whaling fleet as possible While the boats brave sailors battled the elements and Yankee spies, the Confederacy lost the war Of course, communication being what it was in the 19th century, the commanders and crew of the ship didn t find out for months that their cause was lost This was an amazing tale of bravery, honor an [...]
I am lucky enough to have gotten my hands on an advanced reader s edition of this book, and I have to say it is very enjoyable If you found yourself intrigued by the story of the Japanese soldier found in the Pacific in the 60s who refused to believe the war was over, you will love the story of a whole crew who found out the Civil War was over four months after Lincoln had died It is a very quick read and it feels like a Patrick O Brian book with a touch of Mutiny on the Bounty For any Civil War [...]
Audiobook version The topic seemed fascinating to me Naval story during Civil War Didn t even know there was much sea action in the war and I learn that Northern and Southern ships were circumventing the globe.But the book missed the mark Kept saying and then the ship would get into the most exciting naval action the world has ever seen Then it would just be a recap of the captain s log The story telling did not display any of the excitement it mentioned.
An interesting story at the periphery of the Civil War It wasn t the main thrust of the book, but I was most interested in some of the international perspectives and foreign policy aspects of the civil war, which somehow never came up in history class Most of the book felt like an over dramatization of petty squabbles among the crew and the authors futile attempts to convince me that the ship had somehow played a critical role in the war.
This book kept my interest primarily because of my fascination with ocean voyages The Confederate War Ship, Shenandoah adventures at the end of the American Civil War included a stop for water and provisions on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei Old name Ponape I grew up on this island and am a history buff of Micronesian History.
A very informative book about the struggles of a wooden ship using steam and wind to travel around the world during the last days of the Civil War This is a true account and one really feels what the crew and captain are going through each day At first I wasn t sure I would like this book, but I really enjoyed it.
My kind of book Amazing journey and why haven t I heard of it Cannot believe how easily he captured Yankee ships We had just been to Annapolis to see the tall ships, and I d like to go back and look closer I will definitely read another one of this journey
As the author of Mark Twain A Biography I wasn t expecting this adventure from Ron Powers But, the timeframe is the same, and I shouldn t have been surprised An excellent read, I was captured immediately by the circumstances and the character of Conrad Whittle What a guy
Great book that was well written and easy to follow I enjoyed it a lot It was very interesting to read what happened to the last Confederate warship The last 150 or so pages really pick up and it goes by quick.I recommend to anyone interested in history.
Story of one of the last Confederate warships that patrolled the seas trying to sink Yankee ships, only problem being that they kept doing this long after the Civil War ended they didn t find out until after the fact Pretty entertaining I like the Maritime history stuff.
From a historical fact perspective, it s very interesting I had no prior knowledge of this ship or it s voyage However, it drug for the last 100 pages and personally I feel the summary is interesting than the details A good read if you re a history nerd, otherwise you should pass.
A remarkable true story The story could have been told with suspense, but the facts and and straightforward style merit 4 stars This should be made into a movie.
For any Civil War buff especially those who have little knowledge of the lesser known war at sea, which truly took place on a global theater.
A well written history book Plenty of action that if I had not known I would have thought it was a good piece of fiction.